Colorado State University will break ground in May on a $20 million, 40,000-square-foot building, an addition to the Warner College of Natural Resources in Fort Collins. Courtesy Colorado State University.

CSU getting started on Warner College building expansion

FORT COLLINS — Denver-based 4240 Architecture and Pinkard Construction Co. in Lakewood have been hired to design and construct an addition to the Warner College of Natural Resources at Colorado State University in Fort Collins.

The roughly $20 million, 40,000-square-foot building will provide space for a student center, teaching labs, meeting space and a new home for the Center for Collaborative Conservation.

Building designs are being finalized, and construction is slated to begin in mid-May with an opening set for fall 2018. The existing building will remain open throughout construction.

The majority of funding for the project comes from CSU’s students through support from the University Fee Advisory Board, as well as a group of donors.

The college is named after philanthropist Ed Warner. Natural-gas entrepreneur Michael Smith provided a final gift to get the addition project started, and the building will bear his name.  Additional support came from CSU alumni John and Dolores Goodier, and others.

4240 and Pinkard have recently completed other projects at CSU. Pinkard built the Behavioral Sciences Building and recently completed the South College Parking Garage. 4240 designed the Pavilion at Laurel Village and Aggie Village.